Where to find the Best Burgers in Palm Desert
May is National Burger Month! Burgers in all their variations—beef, turkey, veggie—are an ever-present staple on many menus. But why settle for just any hamburger? If you’re looking for an exceptional burger, we’ve got some dining options (listed in alphabetical order) for you to try here in Palm Desert. Here are just a few of the restaurants you may want to visit, or for the complete list of dining options in Palm Desert, be sure to check out our online Palm Desert Dining Guide.
BaBaLoo Lounge 73833 Highway 111, Palm Desert (760) 636-1331 With one of the most eclectic menus in town, this is the place to go for a burger if you’re hoping to start your meal with escargot, frog’s legs or duck-fat fries. The BaBaLoo Burger is a favorite, or try their twist on a Western burger with crispy shallots and Swiss cheese.
CJ’s Diner 74894 Lennon Place, Ste. H1, Palm Desert (760) 837-9650 You may feel like you deserve an award for finding this place, tucked into a commercial complex off Cook Street. The reward will be a variety of burgers to choose from—from the CJ’s Burger with pastrami to the new Volcano Burger with grilled pineapple chunks and jalapeno slices—not just your usual diner basics.
The Daily Grill 73061 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 779-9911 Want a fried egg on that? The Daily Grill’s Chop House Burger comes with the usual toppings, but feel free to customize it with add-ons like avocado, bacon, mushrooms and more. Vegetarians love the Impossible Cool Greens Burger.
El Paseo Grill 73030 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 346-7900 If you like grass-fed beef served on a fabulously fresh roll, this is the spot. Try the Desert Burger if you’re a purist, or the Dumpster Burger if you like everything on it including mushrooms, bacon and grilled onions.
Grill-a-Burger 73091 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert (760) 346-8170 Thirty different hamburgers on the menu! And that’s not counting ones made from chicken, turkey or veggie patties. From the “Buddha Burger” to “Devil’s Revenge,” you’re going to have a blast working your way through their menu. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, come see what Guy Fieri raved about.
Islands 72353 Highway 111, Palm Desert (760) 346-4007 A family favorite, with a dozen different tropically inspired and traditional grilled burger choices on the menu, all served with endless fries. The Maui with guacamole or the Hawaiian with fresh pineapple are hard to beat.
Karen’s Café 77682 Country Club Dr., Ste. L, Palm Desert (760) 772-2800 Really tucked away off the street in a retail and office complex, but you’ll love it once you find it! If you’re looking for something just a bit different, you’ll appreciate that they keep things lively by serving up a Patty Melt on rye as well as the San Franciscan on sourdough.
Keedy’s Fountain & Grill 73633 Highway 111, Palm Desert (760) 346-6492 It’s called a “Keedy’s Fix” for a reason. Operating in the same location since 1957 (!), generations of local residents have been raised on these diner-style burgers served with your favorite sides plus a whole complement of fountain specialties including shakes, floats and malts.
Kitchen 86 + Bar 73130 El Paseo, Ste. I, Palm Desert (760) 890-1586 While primarily known as a continental restaurant with fun, shareable small plate, you bet this dining hot spot has a burger to boot. Theirs features grass fed beef, gouda, and chili aioli on a brioche bun.
Little Bar 73560 Highway 111, Ste. B, Palm Desert (760) 565-1965 Are you hoping to have your cheeseburger with special sauce, grilled onions, tater tots, and a craft cocktail? Little Bar is the place.
Paradise Cove Cafe 44150 Town Center Way, Palm Desert (760) 779-1617 Tucked in-between Trader Joe’s and Michael’s, it’s worth the effort to find this hidden gem! Choose from a super selection of fresh and juicy burgers, including Heath’s Late Night Luau, and the Valley of Fire Burger with grilled Serrano chili and breaded onion twigs.
ROC’s Firehouse Grille 36891 Cook St., Ste. 10, Palm Desert (760) 340-3222 We’re big fans of the Fire Chief Burger, with Swiss, pastrami and 1000 Island dressing, but there are no bad choices here, and all served up in a lively pub atmosphere!
Wilma & Frieda 73575 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 773-2807 Why does Wilma & Frieda show up on every restaurant list we write up? Because they’re that good. (Here’s another spot that Guy Fieri visited for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so it’s not just our opinion.) The burgers? Ridiculously amazing, with a patty made from chopped chuck and short ribs, served up on a fresh-baked bun.